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It’s Not Easy Being Green…

It’s not easy being green…

A beautiful house surrounded by an ugly, unkempt yard will certainly not make you the envy of the neighborhood. In fact, a poorly maintained yard can even lower the value of your home as people may assume you are not maintaining your home at all.

If you want to keep the yard in tip-top shape, you have to put in some extra work, and much of it is done well before summer arrives. Here are a few tips to help make and keep your yard beautiful while making your neighbors happy and envious at the same time:

Water, water, water the yard…
Watering deeply in the early morning, no more than 2 or 3 times a week, helps nourish the roots and is best for most climates as watering every single day can often lead to over-saturation and fungal diseases that can kill the grass. Conversely, grass turns brown quickly when roots can’t get find water, so if the soil in your yard is hard and compacted, aerate the soil with an aerator to make sure water can breach the surface and reach all the way to the roots.

Rake, rake, rake the yard…
Like water, grass also needs air and nutrients to reach the roots. So to give your yard a real chance to shine, take a rake to the yard and clear out any thatch or dead growth; rake away any leaf cover; and fill in any bald spots in the yard by laying down and thoroughly watering in new grass seed to make sure your lawn comes in healthy and green. Furthermore, if your grass is spotty and sparse versus thick and full, inter-seed by adding new seed to the existing grass when the weather is cooler to make your yard lush.

Feed, feed, feed the yard…
Fertilizing the yard in both the spring and fall is good practice, but be sure not to fertilize when your grass is already stressed or during a prolonged summer drought as chemicals in many fertilizers can “burn” the grass under hot summer conditions. Fall is often the best place to start as temperatures begin to drop and the grass goes dormant. And, even though there are both summer and fall fertilizer blends, summer fertilizer is typically applied in the spring, so fertilize the entire yard in line with the correct season(s) and with the correct fertilizer mix for grasses in your area. (Many fertilizers these days are formulated with weed killer designed to both feed your lawn while eliminating weeds. If your yard has a weed growth problem, look to these “weed and feed” blends to serve both purposes.)

Mow, mow, mow the yard…
Lastly, if you’re like most people, there is something satisfying that emanates from the manicured look and smell of a freshly mowed yard, but now you know there is much more to it than simply “Cut it and forget it!” In the summer when temperatures are hot, raise the mowing height of your lawnmower to 3 inches or more as the taller grass helps shade the roots and limits water lost to evaporation from a hot sun. Similarly, setting the mower to “mulch” versus bagging the grass keeps nutrients in the yard, so mow as frequently as possible to avoid large clumps of grass so the nutrients soak back in.

Next, sit back and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your beautiful green yard!!

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